Residents invited to Build Your Bucket disaster preparation expo

Residents invited to Build Your Bucket disaster preparation expo
Posted at 12:28 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 09:26:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Hurricane season starts on June 1, but you should start preparing now.

To help get you prepared, the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will be hosting the 4th annual Build Your Bucket disaster preparedness expo on Saturday, June 2.

This year’s Build Your Bucket will be a family-friendly expo with demonstrations, information and exhibits. The first 800 households will receive a free disaster preparedness bucket and critical starter supplies.

There will be four bucket pick-up stations in Building 2 at the fairgrounds. After picking up a bucket, attendees will visit exhibitors at their own pace to collect supplies and learn about local resources for surviving and recovering from any disaster.

More than 30 community response groups will also be in attendance to provide valuable information and supplies.

The event is also offering special workshops for children. 

Red Cross will host Pillowcase Project workshops during the expo in the meeting room of Building 2 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Using three steps, Learn, Practice and Share, children will learn how to stay safe in an emergency in a 45-minute session. Children who participate receive their own preparedness toolkit, which includes a “My Preparedness Workbook.”

Lastly, the expo will feature a Touch-a-Truck area for residents to get familiar with the variety of vehicles used during emergency response.

The expo will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the North Florida Fairgrounds (441 Paul Russell Road). Gates will open at 8:30 a.m.

Attendees should use the Monroe Street entrance to the fairgrounds.

Parking is free and will be available on the northwest portion of the property. Handicap parking will be available adjacent to Building 2. Parking attendants will be on hand to help direct traffic.

Expo details can be found at or by checking out the event on Facebook.

For more information about local preparedness and resources, visit the Leon County Emergency Information Portal at and the City of Tallahassee Public Safety page During a disaster, information is also posted to both agencies’ Twitter accounts, @LeonCounty and @COTNews.